The 7th Juventafest workshops

Slađana Zrnić


actress and drama pedagogue

Born in 1974 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2003 she graduated from the Academy of Arts Banja Luka, acting department, in the class of Professor Nenad Bojić. After completing her studies in Banja Luka, she entered specialized Interdisciplinary studies of the University of Arts in Belgrade in the class of professor Vera Milanković and professor Marina Marković, Department of American musical.

She is the founder of the Amateur Theatre Troupe Millennium, Srbac, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006, where she worked as the leader of the acting workshops and art director. She directed more than ten plays for which she received five awards for directing and two awards for inventiveness and outstanding contribution to the work with young people as well as awards for movement and speech on stage through work with young people and children. In cooperation with the City Theatre Jazavac Banja Luka, she founded the acting Studio Jazavac in 2012. She is currently working with the seventh generation.

She has been working as an actress since 2004 at the National Theatre of the Republic of Srpska in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also works at the Childrens Theatre of the Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the City Theatre Jazavac, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Atelier 212, Belgrade, Serbia. She also worked  with the National Theatre in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Grad Theatre City Budva, Montenegro.

She was also awarded as an actress in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia.


A mask represents an absolute barrier, and by wearing it, actor declares that he completely surrenders to the role he plays.

We will try together with the workshop participants, to discover the true significance of a mask and its impact on the audience. Also, master the craft of wearing a mask and the effects. A mask is not just a cardboard and gypsum creation, but a face of an inner human being and does not separate itself from the own and actors body. We will deal with the questions of movement under a mask, the gesture that complements it and finally discover the miraculous power of masks.

Amila Trezimehić



Born in Sarajevo, where she completed primary and high school. In her childhood, she was engaged in rhythmic gymnastics and ballet club “Bosna”. For thirteen years she was the World Champion in each competition, and in 2004 she was an Olympic candidate for Athens. In 1998 she was chosen as the most promising athlete in BiH, and in 2005 was awarded with the Special recognition for the development of sports in our country. In addition to rhythmic gymnastics and ballet, she was also engaged in jazz ballet, hip hop, Latin dances, and attended various contemporary dance workshops.

Although she was engaged in dance most of her life, after completing gymnasium she joined Poetic youth theatre Juventa, led by actress Jasna Diklić. After that, she got into the Academy of Performing Arts which she successfully completed in September 2011 in the class of professor Ermin Bravo and docent Džana Pinjo. In November 2015, she won the award for the best young actress at the Brčko Theatre Meeting festival for the character Ljubica, which performed in the play “This grave is too small for me“ directed by Dino Mustafic.  She also won an award for the best actress at the Fist Festival in Belgrade for the characher Elektra, as well as the second place at ITS festival in Amsterdam for the dance play Odette & Odile. As an actress, she is engaged in the projects of National Theatre, SARTR, Youth Theatre and Chamber Theatre. Currently she works as an associate at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo on the Dance subject.


Dance is a shortcut to happiness and good mood.  The dance workshop will be a common process of “awakening” the body, raising awareness of its abilities, and adopting elementary knowledge of the movement, contemporary dance, body, space, rhythm and nonverbal communication.

Through improvisation and dancing, we will explore the impulses and reflexes of the body and its boundaries. Together we will learn how to turn a simple physical action or gesture into a dance step or a choreographic piece. By building a common cheerful spirit and teamwork, participants would create choreography – a personal dance record, through various exercises, tasks and creative challenges. The aim of the workshop is to let the students free their body, to believe that everyone can dance and that each body is welcome and special like no other.

tijana vignjevic


conductor and professor

Born, grew up and studied in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

She graduated in Conducting from the Sarajevo Music Academy in 2001 in the class of professor emeritus Teodor Romanić, and right after graduation she started working at the Secondary Music School Sarajevo as an orchestra professor. She completed the postgraduate studies in the class of Professor Uroš Lajovic at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She is a conductor of the female vocal ensemble Corona and Mixed Choir of ACCUS Seljo.

So far, she worked on several theatre and film projects with Dubravka Zrnčić- Kulenović/ Alice in Wonderland (Puppetry Studio Sarajevo), with Selma Spahić/Doubt (Chamber Theatre 55), Scratching or How my Grandmother Killed Herself (Bosnian National Theatre Zenica), Children of the Sun (Sarajevo War Theatre), with  Lenka Udovički / King Lear(Theatre Ulysses), with Slaviša Mašić/Close-up in Total, with Nermin Hamzagić/Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Tartuffe (National Theatre Sarajevo) and “Rebel M.K. (National Theatre Sarajevo ), with Dino Mustafić/Terrorism(Chamber Theatre 55), with Nina Kleflin/One Man, Two Guvnors(National Theatre Sarajevo), with Mirna Dizdarević/States of Shock (Sarajevo War Theatre), with Alena Džebo/Pipe (National Theatre Sarajevo), Tatjana Šojić/Golden Apple.


The goal of the musical theatre workshop is to discover the possibilities of creating sounds for participants without previous music education and for those who already have some knowledge of music. Participants will learn to use new and old music skills for theatre needs.

The workshop should help in raising the awareness of the rhythm and sounds that surround us and the possibilities to reproduce these sounds with the help of our body, everyday objects or musical instruments.

After exploring their own creativity and acquiring basic musical skills, participants should be able to convey the emotion or atmosphere of the theatre stage using only sound.

Through the workshop, we will try to answer the following questions:

What is a sound? How important is a sound in everyday life? Where do we hear the rhythm around us? How can my body, my clothes, and everyday items produce a sound? Can / Do I know how to sing? Is speech singing? How can the intonation of my speech change the meaning of the stage? How, where and why to use silence on a theatre stage? What do I want to achieve on a stage and how can a sound help me send my message to audience?

** Note: Participants who will attend a workshop and play some instrument should take it to the workshop.




Born in Sarajevo in 1980. She graduated in French Language and Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. As a member of Puppetry Studio Sarajevo since 2000, she was educated for a puppeteer through thirty professional seminars and creative workshops, foreign and domestic lecturers. She has participated in 16 plays of the professional production of the Puppetry Studio Sarajevo.

From 2002 to 2005 she worked through educational process for drama pedagogue with children in Children drama studio and she has been holding workshops independently with children since 2005. She won the two awards, for the puppet animation and best achievement in acting for the play Dwarf tells you a story of Puppetry Studio Sarajevo. She has a Montessori Educator Certificate. Currently employed as one of the drama arts teacher at the Private Elementary School “Bloom” and performs in the plays of Puppetry Studio Sarajevo.


At this year’s Juventafest, we will deal with body animation, primarily hand: from hand to puppet. We will explore the possibilities of everything that can be done by hands and our body with small accessories like fabric, small items … How hands of one or more actors become a whole, a puppet for itself and what kind of possibilities gives us in an animation. We are planning to have great time and make few small puppet etudes.

Alena Džebo


actress and drama pedagogue

Born in 1978 in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo at the Acting Department in 2002. Working as freelancer, she performed in about ten plays at the Open Stage Obala in Sarajevo, and in theatres in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar, Zenica, London, Toronto, USA. During her studies and as a professional actress, she gained additional education through various workshops and seminars (Comedy dell ‘Arte workshop in Italy, Odin Teatret, Sarajevo Film Festival Talent Campus, MESS Workshops, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, The basics of psychodrama and role theory – Center for psychodrama TELOS Novi Sad and International Dance Seminar in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

She is a member of the Association of Dramatic Artists ” Altteatar” and The Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2006, she has been actively involved in the work of the Library for the blind and visually impaired persons of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a reader. Since 2015, she has been actively cooperating with the Association “Living with Down Syndrome of FBiH “ on projects related to cultural inclusion.

In 2015, UNICEF granted her recognition of Inclusion Champion for her work and the promotion of book publishing for the Library for the blind and visually impaired persons of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as for inclusive dramatic work with children with developing difficulties.


Theatre should be a place of acceptance, understanding, celebrating our specialty and individuality. The human need and desire to express itself through art is never conditioned by a certain “handicap”, difficulty or disability. But through history, that need and desire are prevented and oppressed. Such treatment of the society towards persons with disabilities left a trace from which, with the fight of human rights started in the twentieth century, a culture of disability emerged which assumes a sense of common identity and goals. The right of every living man, especially children and young people, is the right to free expression and participation in the cultural life of a society. We are witnessing that this right is respected only declaratively in Bosnia and Herzegovina, without the real platforms that will make it possible for children and young people with disabilities to participate equally in the cultural life of a society. And why is this so? “Recognizing that the phenomenon of disability is a concept that develops and that the disability itself results from the interaction of persons with impairments with environmental barriers and barriers that reflect the attitudes of the community and make it difficult for the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society on the basis of equality with other members of that society.”

From this part of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, we actually see that disability is a development process which primarily stems from attitudes but also the environment barriers that make it more difficult for people with disabilities to participate in a society. Secondly, disability is not considered a health condition, but is rather viewed as a result of the interaction between negative attitudes or inappropriate environment in relation to the state of the individual. Why do I emphasize this? Art should primarily remove these barriers, sensitize society, not prevent one’s creative expression, believe that a person with a disability can also be an artist and has an attitude that we should be able hear. And for such changes and processes, theatre is the most magical place. A place where you can be safe, yourself, special and different. Children and young people of Sarajevo deserve such  place. Juventafest is an ideal opportunity to finally liberate young people with disabilities, high school students, the most vulnerable group full of doubts and fears, and to give them an opportunity to be heard, seen and recognized. Inclusive workshops will enable the exchange of experience, promotion of opportunities for young people with disabilities, and the promotion of activism and awareness about the abilities and skills that young people with disabilities have.



drama pedagogue

She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. From 1990 to 2016 she was employed as drama pedagogue at the the Zagreb Youth Theatre, where she directed a number of plays with which she participated in ten international festivals. In the Tirena Drama Studio, she conducted a series of projects, a large number of seminars and workshops for teachers, children and young people throughout Croatia and abroad. She is the director of eleven European drama meetings for children and fourteen theatre camps and the winner of the Grozdanin Kikot award and Croatian Centre for Drama Education Award for the lasting contribution to the development of drama education. Editor of three collections of plays. Since 2016 she has been teaching at the Postgraduate specialist study of Drama Pedagogy.

Maja Sviben


drama pedagogue

Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1981 where she graduated in dramaturgy from the Academy of Dramatic Art. As an author, dramatist, screenwriter and translator, she has been working on twenty plays in various Croatian theatres, art organizations and other cultural institutions and events (Croatian National Theatre, Croatian Radiotelevision, Theatre& TD, Music Biennale, Atelier Choreographique, Branko Mihaljević Children’s Theatre, Split City Puppet Theatre). Winner of the third prize ‘Marin Držić’ for the text ‘The Source Point ‘ 2004. Award winner for the best stage adaptation, SLUK 2013 (for the play ‘Grga Čvarak’ of Branko Mihaljević Children’s Theatre from Osijek, together with the director T. Kučinović). Since 1999 she has been working as a drama pedagogue for the Tirena Drama Studio. She is the founder and member of the Web portal, and the co-founder of the art group SKROZ.


Workshop for professors, leaders of drama clubs in high schools.

Theatre is a collaborative process where different artists gather to ensure the integrity of the experience both for performers and audience. The method of the devising theatre emphasizes it more, putting the focus on the production process in which all contribute to the performance with different roles, erasing the boundary between authors and performers.

The workshop is intended for students who want to explore the creation and development of ideas for the performance that is not based on dramatic texts, but on various stimuli such as everyday problem situations, textual templates of different genres, photography, rhythm, music, movement. The workshop consists of arranging scenes, stories and stage images through individual and group tasks. One of the techniques is also a “performance response”, which requires participants to respond to offered ideas, creations and questions by their own performing act, not necessarily verbal, which develops various forms of communication. In that way the production of the performance is freed from traditional boundaries of the experiment process, opening the space for creative interventions.